MMA varsity sailing team races to 7th place in POLA Cup

Maine Maritime Academy sailing team members

From left, Maine Maritime Academy sailing team members Isaac Parker, Annika Zayac, Ali Mitchell and Steven Bell practice tacks, jibes, and Mexican takedowns on March 13 to warm up for the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta—where the team placed seventh racing against nine of the nation’s top collegiate offshore sailing teams. Photo courtesy of Maine Maritime Academy

CASTINE—The Maine Maritime Academy Varsity Sailing Team placed seventh out of 10 teams in the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup, a Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club. The race brings together 10 top offshore sailing teams to race identical Catalina 37s. Californina Maritime raced to a first-place finish in the competition.

Traveling with the MMA team is Sailing Master Capt. Cullen Teel. Meeting the team in San Pedro is newly hired sailing coach, Charles Barclay. Barclay is originally from the East Coast, but currently lives in Hawaii and is head coach of the 17-member scholastic sailing team at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu. Regarding his move to Maine and taking on the sailing coach position at MMA, Barclay said, “In support of the next generation of mariners and yachtsmen I am excited to be heading to Maine Maritime Academy.”

The MMA team includes Steven Bell ’16, Joseph Farrin ’15, Rinchen Harrison ’15, Alison Mitchell ’16, Isaac Parker ’18, Benjamin Sturmer ’18, and Annika Zayac ’17.

Cataline 37s race practice runs

Cataline 37s race practice runs in the Los Angeles Harbor prior to the POLA Cup’s start. Photo courtesy of Maine Maritime Academy

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